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Colonel Mike Hoare commanded a unit of mercenary soldiers during the armed uprising in the Congo in 1964 and 1965, which he described in detail in his previous book, Congo Mercenary. In this follow-up account of those war-torn days spent fighting the Simba rebels, Colonel Hoare focuses on the courage and ambitions, the lives and deaths of those men under his command.
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Paperback, 204 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Paladin Press
(first published February 28th 1991)
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I expected this book to be a hardcore military memoir about endless fighting in the bush and hardships of survival in harsh conditions of Africa, but it turned out to be a very pleasant and easy read. The book consists of loosely related short stories, each of them usually revolving around a heroic person and their deeds, with some funny episodes here and there, added for comic relief. The author avoids describing too much negative experience which I can only imagine how much he have had, and al ...more
It's interesting to hear how soldiers and mercenaries from different countries fight wars. They do so just like American soldiers and mercenaries. The best part about the book was not the war-stories. But the humorous tidbits that take place in the rear, far away from the front lines.
Thomas Michael Hoare was born in 1920 in India to Irish parents. He spent his early days in Ireland and was educated in England. He served in North Africa as an Armour officer in the British Army during World War II, and achieved the rank of Captain. In 1948, he emigrated to Durban, Natal Province, Union of South Africa, where he ran safaris and became a soldier-for-hire in various African countri ...more